5th enshrinement anniversary of the relic of the Holy Cross

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All pilgrims are invited by the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community to attend the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to commemorate the fifth enshrinement anniversary of the relic of the Holy Cross on January 30, 2012. The mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Monaserio de Tarlac Plaza, Mount of Resurrection, Eco-Park, San Jose Tarlac.



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Manila Chinatown a day before Chinese New Year

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I and the boys finally achieved our plans of visiting Manila's Chinatown a day before Chinese New Year. We didn't bring a car because it's typically an hour-long drive from Cainta to Manila and I also read that most of the roads leading to Chinatown are closed. So from our house, we went to SM Marikina, parked the car there, and walked to the Santolan LRT Station. We road the train to Recto Station. I had planned to make another train ride from Doroteo Jose (LRT-1 line) to Carriedo Station but I thought of exposing my "sheltered" boys to what Manila is really like, hehehe. So we rode a jeep from there to our first stop, Santa Cruz Church.

2012-01-22 CNY Eve LR (7)


Santa Cruz Church was built by the Jesuits in June 20, 1619 and it was the first Roman Catholic Church in the area. In front of the church is Plaza Sta. Cruz where the Carriedo Fountain stands. Ongpin Street is already a few steps away and it is where the Third Welcome Gate (Arch of Goodwill) to Manila Chinatown can be seen.

2012-01-22 CNY Eve LR (6)


We have planned to walk the whole stretch of Ongpin from the Sta. Cruz side to the Binondo side. From what I've read, almost all of the activities lined up for the Chinese New Year are lined up in Ongpin Street.

Laiya La Luz Labas (Aling Ely's Cottages for Rent)

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Are you familiar with the beautiful beaches of Laiya, San Juan, Batangas? Well, if you are planning to spend a day or two at the beach but have a limited budget to do so, you can always choose to stay at Aling Ely's cottages. Aling Ely is known in the place as the person to go to when you need an affordable cottage for rent at Laiya. She's so well-known that frequent visitors have already dubbed her area as La Luz Labas, being outside the posh (and a lot more expensive) La Luz Beach Resort.


La Luz Labas



Win $50! (Hump Day $50 Give-away for Jan 11, 2012)

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Hump Day $50 Giveaway


Thanks to the 26 wonderful bloggers listed below, it's time for Hump Day $50 Giveaway once again. This week is all about Facebook Page likes which is super easy to do. Feel free to visit all the wonderful blogs below once you're done entering the giveaway. You can log on to Rafflecopter via your Facebook account, or your name and email (just make sure you're Facebook is opened so you can easily like the pages).

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New Philippine Department of Tourism Slogan to be unveiled tomorrow

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Before, it was WOW Philippines. Then, it was followed by the infamous, Pilipinas, Kay Ganda (Beautiful Philippines). What could be the new Department of Tourism slogan? We'll know by tomorrow. All we know now is that it will answer the question, "Why go to the Philippines?" This is according to a tweet by tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr..